Passionate parents pedal petition to Parliament
BCAC would love you to show support for an intrepid couple who are cycling from Dunedin to Parliament to garner support for a petition that would help improve the lives of women with breast cancer and people with other diseases.
The cyclists are Julian and Camilla Cox, whose daughter Rachael (19) has Cystic Fibrosis. The couple are travelling on a tandem bicycle towing a 50kg coffin to raise awareness of the petition and gather signatures. When the couple arrive at Parliament, they will have biked an astonishing 1,203 kilometres over three weeks.
The petition is from Patient Voice Aotearoa (PVA), which BCAC is an active member of, and calls for doubling PHARMAC'S budget and reforming the medicines buying agency. We strongly encourage you to sign the petition at www.sign4life.nz.
We also encourage locals to turn out to support the couple by farewelling them from Christchurch on Thursday 16 January, and by welcoming them when they arrive at Parliament in Wellington on Wednesday 22 January. See details of these events below. You can follow Julian and Camilla’s journey on their website: https://rip.kiwi/.
BCAC Chair Libby Burgess says increasing the medicines budget and an independent review of PHARMAC are vital steps in improving healthcare for people with breast cancer and the wide range of other diseases that PVA represents.
Julian and Camilla say on their website: “We believe an increase in spending, at least to bring us into line with other OECD countries, is justified. Spending on medicines generally creates savings elsewhere (through fewer hospital admissions for example).
“Modern medicines also mean that people who otherwise might die without them can remain productive members of society paying tax and generating income for the country. Many of these medicines that are currently unfunded have benefits that vastly outweigh the costs.”
How to show your support for the cycling duo
Come along to the following two events and to invite family and friends to join you:
Thursday 16 January, 9am, Christchurch Bus Interchange, Cnr of Litchfield and Columbo Streets.
If you are a keen cyclist, feel free to join the couple as they bike through the city and meet the motorway travelling north. This is a great opportunity for Cantabrians to show their support for desperately needed medicines and a review of PHARMAC, as no such organised event has been held there before.
Wednesday 22 January, 1.30pm, Parliament, Wellington. Come along and show your support. PVA supporters will be there, and politicians and media are expected to attend. Please wear black to this event.
Julian, Camilla and Rachael been interviewed by media, and explain what is driving their passion for this cause in these articles.
Daughter’s plight spurs cycle odyssey, by Emma Perry, Otago Daily Times, 3 January 2020
Otago couple cycling with a coffin to Parliament in appeal for treatment funding, One News, 4 January 2020